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Indonesian Name: Kayu Manis
In Indonesia, where it is cultivated in Java and Sumatra, it is called
("sweet wood") and sometimes
, the "real"
In several European languages, the word for cinnamon comes from the Latin word
, a diminutive of
Balinese Name: seng nawang
Summary of Uses: anti-inflamatory, salve, tonic, lotion, antiseptic
Description of Plant:
Cinnamon is harvested by growing the tree for two years then
it. The next year, about a dozen shoots will form from the roots.
The branches harvested this way are processed by scraping off the outer bark, then beating the branch evenly with a hammer to loosen the inner bark. The inner bark is then prised out in long rolls. Only the thin (0.5 mm (0.020 in)) inner bark is used; the outer, woody portion is discarded, leaving metre-long cinnamon strips that curl into rolls ("quills") on drying. Once dry, the bark is cut into 5–10 cm (2.0–3.9 in) lengths for sale.
The bark must be processed immediately after harvesting while still wet. Once processed, the bark will dry completely in four to six hours, provided that it is in a well-ventilated and relatively warm environment. A less than ideal drying environment encourages the proliferation of pests in the bark, which may then require treatment by fumigation. Bark treated this way is not considered to be of the same premium quality as untreated bark.
In traditional medicine, cinnamon has been used for digestive disorders such as indigestion, gas and bloating, and diarrhea. below are all the uses for cinnamon:
-warms the body
How to Prepare the plant:
The cinnamon tree is native to Sri Lanka, so it grows best in tropical and subtropical climates.
Place the tree in sandy soil for best results. If your yard does not contain sandy soils, choose a well-drained site for the tree.
Plant your cinnamon tree in rich, well draining soil. Dig the hole deep enough so that the top of the root ball of the tree is just below the surface of the soil. Cover the top of the roots with about 1/4 to 1/2 inches of soil. Press soil in around the roots so that there are no air pockets. Fill in around the tree roots until the hole is filled and the roots are covered. Tamp the soil down with your foot to pack it in.
Place cinnamon trees in at least partial sun. They do well in full sun or partial, but never in full shade.
Water the cinnamon tree just enough to keep the soil damp. Do not ever soak or allow the soil to get soggy. Check the soil every few days to see if it needs water. If the soil is damp to the touch or wet down at least 2 inches into the soil, do not water it. If you feel no moisture at a 2-inch depth, water the tree. How often you water it depends on the climate such as whether or not it is in or out doors, humidity levels and rain amounts. Generally, trees kept indoors will need water at least once a week, but outdoor trees will vary greatly based on conditions.
Aiden Brooks - Cinnamon Page
Cinnamon can be baked into a dish or sprinkled on top of food.Eating raw cinnamon may have a harsh taste and may be more palatable when mixed with food or drinks.
While mixing cinnamon in cold food or drinks it provides the same health as it would in the hotter food or drinks.
Parts Used: The bark is used for making the brew. please note: do not use when pregnant
The spice was also valued for its preservative qualities for meat due to the phenols which inhibit the the bacteria responsible for spoilage, with the added bonus being the strong cinnamon aroma masked the stench of aged meats.
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